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October 03, 2015

Prosecutors: Jersey priest points gun at boy over Giants/Cowboys rivalry

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priest Kevin Carter Bergen County Prosecutor's Office/Contributed Art

Kevin Carter.

A New Jersey priest is facing charges after allegedly pointing a gun at a young parishioner because of an NFC East rivalry.  

According to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, Father Kevin Carter, 54, pulled aside an 8-year-old child before mass on Sunday, Sept. 13 at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church in Little Ferry.

Carter allegedly brought the boy into a rectory room and had him stand against the wall.

Authorities say several witnesses saw the priest pull out a long gun and point it at the child, threatening to shoot him. 

NBC New York reports that the gun was a working Civil War-style musket and that the incident may have stemmed from the boy being a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Per NBC: 

Prosecutors said the priest, a Giants fan, was apparently unhappy because the boy planned to root for the Cowboys in a game against the Giants later that day. 
"The young boy was apparently a fan of a particular football team, the priest was not. So perhaps we have indication it started out as that," said Molinelli. 

The Giants lost the Sunday night game, 26-27. 

Carter has been charged with aggravated assault by pointing a firearm and endangering the welfare of a child.

He was jailed on $15,000 bail with a 10 percent option and has been ordered to have no contact with the victim.